W&W Releases New Single

first_imgW&W, the DJ duo of Willem van Hanegem & Ward van der Harst, hailing from The Netherlands (big surprise), released their new single “Thunder” on Mainstage Music, a sub-label of Armin Van Buuren‘s label Armada Music.  According to Armin himself, “W&W truly are the rising stars of trance. If I have to put my money on somebody, I put it on W&W.”  This track follows in the footsteps of W&W’s first chart topping hit “Mustang” and makes it clear why Armin has such faith in his Dutch prodigies.With characteristic W&W ear quaking bass and a classically cheerful upbeat progressive house melody, “Thunder” has the ability to make the floor quake of every club it meets.Check out “Thunder” here:last_img

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Soundgarden To Perform ‘Superunknown’ In Its Entirety at Webster Hall

first_imgSoundgarden to perform their 1994 album Superunknown in its entirety on June 2nd at Webster Hall New York City! Tickets for the special Soundgarden club show at Webster Hall go on sale on May 21 at 10am ET only to Citi credit or debit card holders. The price is also a nod to the album’s 20th anniversary: each ticket is $19.94. Ticket purchasing information will be listed at citiprivatepass.com. If you’re a fan of the band they’ve only played the album live in full only once before so ask a friend with Citi bank.Soundgarden / Nine Inch Nails 2014 Tour Dates:July 18-20 Pemberton, BC—Pemberton Music FestivalJuly 19 Las Vegas, NV—Planet HollywoodJuly 21 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreJuly 22 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreJuly 24 Tinley Park, IL—First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreJuly 26 Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music TheatreJuly 27 Toronto, ON—Molson Canadian AmphitheatreJuly 29 Mansfield, MA—Xfinity CenterJuly 30 Camden, NJ—Susquehanna Bank CenterAugust 1 Wantagh, NY—Nikon at Jones Beach TheatreAugust 2 Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts CenterAugust 4 Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube LiveAugust 5 Virginia Beach, VA—Farm Bureau Live at Virginia BeachAugust 7 Charlotte, NC—PNC Music PavilionAugust 8 Atlanta, GA—Aaron’s Amphitheater at LakewoodAugust 10 West Palm Beach, FL—Cruzan AmphitheatreAugust 11 Tampa, FL—MidFlorida Credit Union AmphitheatreAugust 14 Austin, TX—Austin360 AmphitheatreAugust 16 Woodlands, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionAugust 17 Dallas, TX—Gexa Energy PavilionAugust 19 Aluquerque, NM—Isleta AmphitheaterAugust 21 Chula Vista, CA—Sleep Train AmphitheatreAugust 22 Irvine, CA—Verizon Wireless AmphitheatreAugust 24 Mountain View, CA—Shoreline AmphitheaterAugust 25 Hollywood, CA—Hollywood BowlAugust 27 Sacramento, CA—Sleep Train AmphitheaterAugust 29 Portland, OR—Sleep Country AmphitheaterAugust 30 Seattle, WA—White River Amphitheaterlast_img read more

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Dangermuffin Rocks Club Cafe, 8/19

first_imgAn unlikely trio of two guitars and drums, Dangermuffin from Folly Beach, SC is unquestionably one of the most unique sounding three-pieces touring today. Their ability to blend and bend musical genres together make them a bit of a chameleon, but make no doubt about it, they own whatever they do, whether it be playing a bluegrass number or pumping out heavy rock riffs with smashing drum explosions.On Tuesday night, a small but enthused crowd nestled into Club Cafe on the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA for a most memorable performance. Dan Lotti, the band’s chief vocalist and “bass” player (he plays bass on an acoustic guitar) warmly greeted the crowd with a “Happy Tuesday,” and after exchanging some pleasantries with the front row, Dangermuffin was off and running.The band’s southern rock sensibilites, spearheaded by guitar player Mike Sivilli, mixed with the complex textures of drummer Steven Sandifer make you feel as if you’re at the beach and digging your toes into the sand; as if you’re floating down the lazy river at your favorite waterpark. The music has a flow and sway to it that one can’t help but tap their toe or nod their head to the rhythm. Dangermuffin mixed in several new compositions, which will be featured on their forthcoming album, as well as a number of staples like “Sea Funk,” “Cradle Of The Beach,” “Homestead,” “Moonscapes,” and “Slumber.” Along with their great original compositions, what has always impressed me about Dangermuffin is their exceptional execution of cover songs. The band tackled David Essex‘s “Rock On,” and yes, it was as cool and smooth as when Essex sung it. Lotti was born to sing “Hey shout, summertime blues, jump up and down in my blue suede shoes.”It didn’t stop there, as the band would delight the crowd to (electric) covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias.” What I appreciate most about ‘Muffin’s repetoire of covers are their earnesty. They don’t try to be Floyd or the Dead or whomever else they decide to cover. They take those great compositions and make it work for them. They play those songs as if they were their own. It is extremely refreshing to hear those songs being played in a way that doesn’t try to 100% emulate those great bands.After appropriately wrapping up their electric set with “Lawman” with lyrics of “Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman, Be sure to stop at each stop sign ‘Cause when you break the laws that you push, man, How can you go on, keep the time for us,” I could not help but think of the events going on in Ferguson, MO. It was a nice gesture by the band to show their support.The night wasn’t quite over yet, because the band strapped on their acoustic guitars, with Sandifer grabbing his upright bass, and came down in front of the stage to perform unplugged, literally. This essentially turned the last 10 minutes of the show into a sing-along, with band and crowd trading lyrics back and forth. It was quite special.The band played a sweet bluegrass diddy entitled “The Rising Souls,” a song that will be featured on their new album, and then the highlight of my night, a sensational cover of Old & In The Way‘s “Midnight Moonlight” (audio below). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, and after pleas from the crowd to play one more song, Dangermuffin indulged the pack of concertgoers to the Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil.” For those that were in attendance, the night certainly ended as a Happy Tuesday.last_img read more

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Yonder Mountain String Band Welcome Guests In Boulder For NYE Run

first_img01/01/15 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO  Set 1: All Aboard> Left Me In A Hole, Hello City Limits, Sometimes I’ve Won, Damned If The Right One Didn’t Go Wrong(1), Complicated(1)(2),Run Around(1)(2), Pockets(1)(2), Fingerprint(1)(2)> Shakedown Street(1)(2)Set 2: Spanish Harlem Incident, Polka On A Banjo, Honestly, Would You Go With Me(1), Criminal(1)(2), Hook(1)(2), New Deal Train(1)(2), Rain In Durango(1)(2), I’ve Got A Name(1)(2), Girlfriend Is Better(1)(2), E: My Love Will Not Change(1)(2), Ziggy Stardust(1)(2), Shady Grove(1)(2)Comment: (1) Shawn Camp on guitar, vocals & fiddle, (2) John Popper on vocals & harmonica, Joey Porter on keys & Dave Watts on drums01/02/15 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO Set 1: Pass This Way > EMD > Pass This Way, Straight Line, Son Of A Gun, Landfall, If It Hadn’t Been For Love (1), Kentucky Mandolin(1), Don’t Worry Happy Birthday (1), Corona (1), Son Of A Preacher Man (1)Set 2: Travelin Prayer, Not Far Away, Amie, Blue Collar Blues> Wheel Hoss> Blue Collar Blues, Anna Lee (1), Remind Me (1), Lonely Town Lonely Street (1), Piece Of My Heart (1), Only A Northern Song (1) > Sidewalk Stars (1) > Only A Northern Song (1), E: You Never Can Tell (1), I Second That Emotion (1)Comment: (1) Jen Hartswick on vocals/trumpet & Natalie Cressman on vocals/trombone1/3: “Jolene” w/ Andy Falco, Andy Hall Yonder Mountain String Band wrapped up an explosive New Years Eve Run in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Theater with a bang, welcoming an exceptional group of musicians over the course of several nights for some classic Yonder Mountain material as well as some fun cover tunes. Among YMSB’s guests were Trey Anastasio Band‘s Jen Hartswick (trumpet), Natalie Cressman (trombone), John Popper (harmonica), Shawn Camp (fiddle and guitar), The Motet’s Joey Porter (keys) and Dave Watts (drums), and The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Falco (guitar) and Andy Hall (dobro).Check out a few fan shot videos from the run as well as the set lists from each night below:12/31: “Sideshow Blues” & “I Know You Rider” 01/03/15 Boulder Theater, Boulder, COSet 1: Crazy Train, 40 Miles From Denver, Another Day, I’m Not Saying, Drown, Casualty(1), Head Over Heels(1), Hey Bulldog(1), White Freightliner(1)> Southern Flavor(1)> White Freightliner(1) Set 2: Looking Back Over My Shoulder(1)> Winds Of Wyoming(1), Amanda Rose, Finally Saw The Light, Loved You Enough, Jolene(1), Redbird(1), Gilpin Swing(1), Traffic Jam(1)> Mellow Down Easy(1)> Traffic Jam(1) E: Lonesome Road Blues(1), Ooh La La(1), Down The River Road(1)Comment: (1)= Andy Falco on guitar/vocals & Andy Hall on dobro/vocals[All Setlists via setlist.com]center_img 12/31/14 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO Set 1: Jail Song> Mother’s Only Son, Nothin But A Breeze, Troubled Mind> 20 Eyes> Troubled Mind, Mossy Cow, All The Time, Must’ve Had Your Reasons, Just The Same, The End Is Not In SightSet 2: Boots> Years With Rose> Angel> Robots> Dogs> AngelSet 3: Holdin> Train Bound For Gloryland> Sideshow Blues> Countdown, I Know You Rider> Game Of Thrones> Saint In The City, Night Out, Part 1> Dominated Love Slave, You’re No Good, On The Run> Black Sheep> On The Run,E: Whitehouse Blues, My Gal1/1: “Hook” w/ John Popper, Joey Porter, Dave Watts, and Shawn Camplast_img read more

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Modest Mouse Delays Album Release, Debuts New Single ‘The Best Room’

first_imgModest Mouse recently announced that they would be releasing their first album since 2007. Dubbed Strangers to Ourselves, the album was originally due out on March 3rd, but has since been pushed back to a March 17th release date. It’s been eight years – what’s two more weeks?To keep us Modest Mouse fans engaged, the band put out a brand new single. “The Best Room” is the third release from Strangers to Ourselves, after the debut “Lampshades on Fire” and the second single, “Coyotes.”More details have been released about the album, including a tracklist (below) and a list of collaborators. Strangers to Ourselves includes appearances from The Shins’ James Mercer who sings back-up vocals throughout the album, Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy), Dann Gallucci (Cold War Kids), Russell Higbee (formerly of Man Man), Ben Massaralla (Red Red Meat), Lisa Molinaro (Talkdemonic), Davey Brozowski (The Catheters), and more.Check out “The Best Room” below:Strangers to Ourselves Tracklist: 01. Strangers to Ourselves 02. Lampshades on Fire 03. Shit in Your Cut 04. Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996) 05. Ansel 06. The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box 07. Coyotes 08. Pups to Dust 09. Sugar Boats 10. Wicked Campaign 11. Be Brave 12. God is an Indian and You’re an Asshole 13. The Tortoise and the Tourist 14. The Best Room 15. Of Course We Knowlast_img read more

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Anders Osborne To Join Phil Lesh & Friends In October

first_imgWhile Anders Osborne had previously scheduled two shows at the legendary Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, it seems a third performance is in the cards as well! Osborne will be performing with the great Phil Lesh, Grateful Dead bassist and Terrapin Crossroads proprietor, as part of a special Phil Lesh & Friends performance on October 2nd.Watch Highlights From Phil Lesh & Friends’ Wonderful Performance In Central ParkOsborne will join a band that includes Ross James, Jason Crosby, Ezra Lipp, & Alex Koford. While tickets sold out almost instantly, we’ll be sure to share any media that may emerge from this all-star performance.[Cover Photo by Dave Vann]last_img

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Stunning Photos Of Dominican Holidaze Day One, Starring Umphrey’s McGee And Disco Biscuits

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Breathless Resort & Spa, Dominican Holidaze, Punta Canta, Dominican Republic –  12/3/15Set I: Goonville > 1348, Bad Friday, The Linear > Educated Guess, Make it Right, 40’s ThemeSet II: JaJunk > Puppet String, Believe The Lie, Day Nurse, Ringo, Miami Virtue > JaJunkEncore: The Triple WideSetlist: The Disco Biscuits at Breathless Resort & Spa, Dominican Holidaze, Punta Canta, Dominican Republic –  12/3/15Set I: Kamaole Sands-> Run Like Hell (fakeout)-> Pygmy Twylyte-> Minions-> Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy-> Kamaole Sands, Portal to an Empty Head, House Dog Party FavorSet II: Strobelights & Martinis-> Abraxas-> Strobelights & Martinis-> And The Ladies Were The Rest of The Night-> Gangster-> And The Ladies Were The Rest of The Night, Rockafella Dominican Holidaze got underway last night! Held at the beautiful Breathless Resort & Spa, the festival in Punta Cana, DR features an incredible lineup with artists like Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, STS9, Lettuce and more! Last night, Umphrey’s McGee and The Disco Biscuits got things started with back-to-back, rip-roaring sets. Check out photos from Josh Timmermans of Noble Visions, and the full setlists below:last_img read more

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This month in Harvard history

first_imgJune 1913 — Having proved itself during a five-year experimental period, the Business School emerges from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to become an independent graduate school.June 21, 1927 — The Fogg Museum formally opens its new quarters on Quincy St. A large-scale special-loan exhibition features the College’s early silver collection, Maya art from the Peabody Museum, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, tapestries, furniture, ivories, enamels, and other objects.June 1940 — The Radcliffe Board of Trustees authorizes the use of Radcliffe dormitories for temporarily housing European refugee children.June 12, 1953 — The Business School dedicates two halls: Aldrich (13 classrooms) and Kresge (dining facilities, student center, meeting rooms).June 2, 1954 — Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Harvard. Selassie signs the University guest book, visits Houghton Library to inspect rare books and manuscripts with Ethiopian connections, and takes a short tour around the University.June 15, 1954 — The Gordon McKay Laboratory of Applied Science is dedicated.June 22, 1957 — After a six-year break, Harvard-Yale and Oxford-Cambridge teams hold their 17th track meet at Harvard Stadium. The transatlantic track rivalry dates from 1899.Ca. June 1961 — Harvard announces that its new office building and health center on Mount Auburn St. will bear the name Holyoke Center, in honor of Edward Holyoke, Harvard’s ninth President.last_img read more

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Kozol campaigns for educational reform

first_imgAt times as he spoke in the Memorial Church last Thursday (Sept. 20) Jonathan Kozol, educator, activist, and author, sounded more fervent than an impassioned man of God preaching eternal salvation.“I’m 71 years old; I’m too old to bite my tongue. … I intend to keep on fighting in this struggle ’til my dying day,” he said.But the salvation that Kozol was advocating was for the public school system in the United States, a system that, in his view, requires, if not divine intervention, at least a drastic overhaul.In an appearance co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Askwith Education Forum, the Cambridge Forum and the Harvard Book Store, Kozol discussed his new book “Letters to a Young Teacher,” a series of letters he wrote to “Francesca” a “glorious, excited, glowing, first-grade teacher” at an inner-city school in Boston. Through the correspondence, the book examines topics Kozol has addressed throughout his career, but focuses in part on the fairly recent “No Child Left Behind” legislation, a bundle of requirements that he argues kill the ability of children to learn and develop through their own curiosity.The law, passed in 2001, requires, among other things, that all students in primary and secondary schools perform at grade level in reading and math by 2014. It mandates greater school accountability and includes punitive measures for those schools that fall short. Kozol contends that the law disproportionately affects inner-city schools and drives away promising young teachers by forcing them to use a scripted curriculum that only prepares students to take tests and not actually engage and learn.He claimed that the law was “created as a shaming ritual by which to discredit the entire concept of our public schools by holding up impossible demands without the funds to pay for them.”Kozol graduated from Harvard in 1958 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1964 he took a job as a teacher in a public school in Roxbury, which led to his book “Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools.” The work received the National Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion in 1968. He has written numerous books on the subject since.Recently, Kozol has spent a lot of time in Washington, D.C., urging the Democratic leadership in Congress to make what he calls “radical change” to No Child Left Behind in part by drastically reducing the amount of high-stakes testing. A vote to reauthorize the federal law is expected this fall, with the Bush administration pushing to broaden its scope. Kozol is also mobilizing teachers with Education Action, a network of educators whom he hopes will carry on his efforts. He encouraged people in the crowd to sign up.“I pray the young people will join in forces with us older guys,” he said. “Honestly … we need you to carry on.”To further his cause, the Boston native has been on a partial hunger strike since July and has lost 29 pounds. His slender frame and at times hoarse voice were evidence last week of the toll his fast has taken. He called the hunger strike a way to “keep faith with the kids who trusted me” and to promote his campaign for the need for sweeping change.At the beginning of his talk, Kozol asked those in the crowd who were teachers to raise their hands. The air was quickly filled with scores of arms, and a loud wave of applause acknowledging them echoed around the hall.“I always feel safer when I am in a room with teachers,” he said.What followed were his stories of the touching, silly, fascinating world of the children he met through his visits to Francesca’s classroom. He testified to the child’s ability to engage and blossom in the presence of a gifted, dedicated guide. But his lightness was punctuated by serious moments. His voice registered a grave tone as he warned of the impending doom of the country’s public education system should it remain, as he claims, broken by No Child Left Behind.During the questions that followed, Kozol encouraged dissent. Responding to one audience member, who asked how teachers and parents should oppose “moronic mandates,” he said they could simply boycott the tests as some communities have done.“I’d like to see more suburbs doing that because they can afford to take that risk,” he said.He also addressed his feelings toward Teach For America, an initiative designed to encourage a selective group of college graduates and professionals to teach in schools — often in urban areas — for two years. Kozol said the program was marred by the lack of teaching experience of its members.With its resultant high turnover rate and limited training, he contended, “it sort of like builds in instability in inner-city schools … and throws people into the classroom knowing nothing about children.”He urged new teachers who join the program to make “an inward promise to yourself that you are going to stay for seven years.”Many young teachers and students stood in a long line after the talk, waiting to have Kozol sign copies of “Letters to a Young Teacher.”“He really has a love and appreciation for kids and that comes through when he talks,” said Andy Shin, who is enrolled in HGSE’s School Leadership Program. “His voice reminds us what really is important, which is kids.”last_img read more

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Memorabilia in NCT tell dramatic story

first_imgThe New College Theatre has yet to see its first performance, but already the building seems to echo with audience laughter and the pleasant dissonance of a tuning orchestra. In the lobby, one can almost hear a whisper of “break a leg” or the clink of glasses at a postproduction fête rising faintly from the polished wooden floorboards. More than 100 years of theatrical history live on in the New College Theatre, and a special exhibition now on display throughout the building will help to preserve that legacy.From the lobby to the lower lounge, the brand-new building is awash in posters, rehearsal photographs, audition fliers, and commemorative plaques. The images serve as both décor and exhibit — a visual testimony to more than 100 years of Harvard theater.“These images show how historically important the theater arts have been to Harvard students,” explains Matt Weinberg, special projects consultant for the Office for the Arts (OfA) and curator of the exhibit.The exhibit includes material from the late 1880s to the present, and traces the history of Harvard theater from early Hasty Pudding productions to the current Learning From Performers series produced by the Office for the Arts.“There is such a rich tradition of performance at Harvard,” says Richard Brown ’60, who composed the music for the 1960 Hasty Pudding Show “Run for the Money” and helped select materials for display. “When you walk into this exhibit … it brings the past alive.”In one corner of the lobby, a group of 1947 Pudding actors peer intently at a dressing room mirror as they apply costume makeup for the evening’s show. On another wall, actresses from the 1909 Radcliffe Idler Club enact a scene from “The Merchant of Venice.” Next to the box office door, John Lithgow ’67 takes the stage in a production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe.” Nearby, a group of live horses prance across the Harvard Stadium in a 1906 Class Day production of “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus.“Harvard has a unique theatrical history among the world’s universities, and by means of this exhibition it is possible to give some idea of the many traditions and events that have contributed to this history,” says Fredric Wilson, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection in the Houghton Library.The blue-green walls of the lobby not only provide a startling backdrop for the display, but also add their own voice to the narrative of Harvard theater. The color used here, “peacock blue,” is the same as the color used for the walls in 1888. Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the architectural firm handling the reconstruction, scraped through layers of old paint to find and reproduce the original hue.The exhibit continues throughout the building. Near the lounge, a silk-screen poster advertises “The Rockets’ Red Blare,” a 1972 pop opera written by James Yannatos, conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Near the black box rehearsal space, photographs of stage rehearsals dating back to 1939 remind current students that the tradition of long hours and late nights has very deep roots.A large collection of photographs traces the history of the Learning From Performers series, an initiative that allows undergraduates to work closely with luminaries in the arts. From Neil Simon to the Blue Man Group, the photographs demonstrate Harvard’s commitment to providing learning opportunities for young artists.“The New College Theatre encourages student organizations and groups to achieve the highest level of learning and performance, but it also highlights the connection that Harvard has to the wider theatrical community,” Weinberg says.The Harvard Krokodiloes and the Radcliffe Pitches, two of Harvard’s oldest a cappella groups, are also featured in a special display. Both organizations maintain offices in the New College Theatre. Highlights of the display include an image of the Krokodiloes performing with Ella Fitzgerald, and a copy of an original work by Leonard Bernstein ’39 written specially for the Krokodiloes.Most of the images on display are high-quality reproductions of material found in the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Harvard Archives. Jane Knowles, librarian at the Schlesinger Library, provided images from the Radcliffe College Archives.Officers of the Harvard Krokodiloes, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club all contributed original materials or provided counsel on the exhibit.Weinberg, Wilson, and Brown collaborated with a special committee of the Office for the Arts to select the final pieces for display, and Harvard Imaging Services managed the printing process.last_img read more

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